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How to build a product team from scratch

BY Eira Hayward on November 7, 2022 for MTP Leader Members

The great thing about building out a product team from scratch is that you set the tone for how Product functions in a business. However it’s an exercise that comes with lots of big questions you need to answer and more than a few pitfalls, even if you think you’ve thought everything through thoroughly before […] Read more »

Transforming Toxic Teams

BY Eira Hayward on September 25, 2020 for MTP Leader Members

At some point in our careers, we’ve likely all experienced a toxic team or two. You know the team we mean, the one where everything is a battle, conversations are tense and people are constantly frustrated and anxious. These issues that arise can be a result of the behaviour of the whole team, a few […] Read more »

Leading Product Teams with Success: Learnings from the #mtpcon Session Speakers

BY Imogen Schels on August 5, 2020 for Prioritised Members

At #mtpcon Digital 2020, we were able to enjoy 18 Breakout Session talks, across three days, from some of the best product people around. We’re be releasing them all (weekly, in groups) and in this selection, you’ll delve into some hard-hitting topics to help you successfully lead teams. Check out the videos to watch sessions […] Read more »

How do you Build a Winning Product Development Team?

BY Imogen Schels on February 25, 2020

It’s not rocket science that awesome products come from awesome teams, so what’s the key to creating and managing a team that’s designed for maximum impact? Here, taking advice from a number of product pros, we look at a selection of ways to build product teams and empower them to achieve success. Choose a Diverse […] Read more »

Why is Psychological Safety at Odds With the Way We Work?

BY Matt LeMay on August 6, 2019

In order to prepare for a talk I delivered at Mind the Product’s 2019 Leadership Forum in San Francisco I’ve spent the last couple of weeks applying the lens of psychological safety to the things I’ve experienced and witnessed in my product career. And I keep coming back to a messy but seemingly unavoidable conclusion: […] Read more »

High-performing Teams by Richard Banfield

BY James Gadsby Peet on January 4, 2019

In this mtpcon London talk, Richard Banfield looks at what makes high-performing teams work. Building High-performing Organisations Continuous improvement can act as a powerful cultural change agent: cycling coach David Brailsford knows this and he was able to reinvent British Cycling as a result. Since the implementation of Brailsford’s changes, British Cycling has experienced success […] Read more »

How to tap Into the Collective Wisdom of a Team

BY Robert Chokr on July 25, 2018

I’ve always been keen on learning from other people. And one way of doing this is by interviewing professionals and experts and asking them about their experiences. This year, I travelled from Berlin to Silicon Valley and interviewed 15 product management experts from Google, LinkedIn, Salesforce, eBay, and other companies, to learn about how they […] Read more »

Why Diversity in Product Matters by Ozlem Yuce

BY Roisi Proven on July 11, 2018

Consultant Özlem Yuce discusses the importance of team diversity when building products, and the impact of a non-diverse team on product development. Wet Suits and Shirley Cards Not so long ago the prevailing wisdom for developing products for women was to “pink it and shrink it”. Nowhere was this clearer than with wet suits. Designed to […] Read more »

Clumsy Colossus or Gentle Giant by Julia Whitney

BY Petra Wille on May 15, 2018

At this year’s MTP Engage conference in Hamburg executive coach Julia Whitney delivered a well-received keynote on psychological safety, as many studies have shown it to be the most critical factor in building high-performance teams. As product managers we can ruin our team’s speed by “threatening” our team members. Most of the time we do so without […] Read more »